Shin Godzilla Bonus Material.

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Originally, I was going to put this with my Shin Godzilla review but, I figured why not here?

Anyway, Shin Godzilla is truly a great film. What references did I see that reminded me of both 1954 and 1984 though and what does Shin Godzilla represent?

The glory-maru is a representation of the Ekio-Maru from 1954 and the Yahata-Maru from 1984. All three were linked to Godzilla either attacking them or being involved around it.

When the cabinet, officials, and the prime minister all have their meetings and press conferences, this too was a call back to 54 and 84. In 1954, the officials then we're trying to figure out what was causing all of these ship wreckings, while Shin Godzilla, like 54, was coming to conclusions that under water volcanic eruptions were what was causing the problem, until in both 54 and Shin Godzilla, later on are discovered that a giant sea creature was the main problem. In 1984 though, the officials actually know that Godzilla was the main cause, but they hide the truth until it's all too late.

When Godzilla begins his final rampage in Shin Godzilla, the JSDF are powerless to stop him. Like 1954, this Godzilla was scary. The amount of destruction he causes is very atmospheric and apocalyptic. Especially when it harkens back to the "Sea of fire" when Shin Godzilla annihilates the city with his power.

When the JSDF is rendered useless, the U.N. sets out to use nuclear weapons. In 1984, they wanted to do the same thing. Unlike 1984 though, the Japanese government actually agrees to the usage of nuclear weapons in Shin Godzilla. However, in both films, nuclear weapons are not used. In 1954, 1984, and Shin Godzilla, it is the Japanese who, in the end, save the day and their own country from total destruction.

Shin Godzilla represents Japan's culture today and how the Japanese government failed to respond to the real life tragedies of the Tsunami, the earthquake, and the Fukushima disaster. Godzilla represented all three of these disasters. This was something not done since 1954. In 1954, Godzilla represented the horrors and the nightmares of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and was also a metaphor for radiation. In Shin Godzilla, Godzilla was also that metaphor of radiation.
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SilverTheSerperior's avatar
soooooooo remind me how did they turn him into a giant statue?
and the little creatures from his tail what are they?